My wife Kris and I took a 19 day road trip this summer to Colorado and back. This 4 part post series and the photos (and a couple videos) are from our journey.
Ever since my daughter and I did a road trip loop together in Colorado last summer, I wanted to have my own Toyota 4Runner and mountain bike out there to play in the mountains. Kris and I treated this trip as an experiment to see how we would do together on such a long trip. We were very compatible travel partners, no fuss, and really enjoyed the journey together. I see some tweaks we can make for future road trips such as taking along our dog, a couple of inflatable SUPs, and a bike for her.
Part 1 is our drive from NC to Colorado Springs, CO. We stopped first at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky and did a cave tour. Then we drove through southern Illinois, visited the Gateway Arch National Park in St Louis and saw the great Mississippi River, drove through Missouri, visited friends in Kansas City, drove across the open Kansas plains via I-70, then stopped in Colorado Springs and visited the Garden of the Gods Park. These were all things and places we had never seen or visited before. We would then pick up our sons at the Denver airport so they could join us for the main Colorado portion of our trip.
Read on for more commentary amongst the photos...